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Old 10.17.11, 7:31 AM
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Half round strings?

Hi everyone,

Has anyone ever tried these strings?

DAddarioFretted Strings » Electric Strings » XL Half Rounds » EHR310 Half Rounds Regular Light 10-46

I know tone and feel are extremely subjective things but I wouldn't mind hearing something about them before buying a set or two.

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Not exactly the same thing, but my friend asked me to put the d'addario half-round strings on his J-bass copy and I played around on it for a while.

The feel was the strangest thing; I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be smooth or round, and in a way I found it awkward/distracting while playing. It could have just been the novelty of the unique feel (I only played on it for about 10 minutes right after stringing it up), but it took me out of my playing 'zone'.

Tonally I thought they sounded nice. Granted, they were still new and zingy when I played them, but I could see how they would have a mellowing effect on the tone, which I consider a big plus on J-style basses (especially those with dubious pickups)

Personally, for purposes of feel, I would be prefer going either full round or full flat, as there are mellow round strings (pure nickels) as well as crisp flatwounds (GHS brite flats) that would serve the 'crossover' purpose I find the half-rounds are going for

even though we're not talking about the same instrument, I think there's enough overlap for my comments to not be utterly useless...
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Thanks! I wonder how well they work with overdrive and if they cure some fret buzz.
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The effects different things have on a bass will have a similar effect on guitar. So if they didn't sound bad on the j bass they should atleast be metiocre on your guitar, good enough to justify waitin til your ready for new strings if they aren't so good. At the worst your out a few bucks and know that you don't like them.
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Old 11.09.11, 6:38 AM
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Wow; I would love to put some of those on my guitar...... never saw em but I kinda like the flats on my basses so......
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I never knew they existed until a couple of months ago.

I'm going to order a couple sets in December, I wonder how'll they'll turn out.
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well, you really have nothing to lose by trying them. Who knows, maybe they'll be just what you needed?

I'm contemplating putting them on my Precision when I get it back from being lent out for recording.
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well, you really have nothing to lose by trying them. Who knows, maybe they'll be just what you needed?

I'm contemplating putting them on my Precision when I get it back from being lent out for recording.
The bass player I work with the most nnowadays uses flat wound Dad's. He likes them because they make less transition noise than round wounds and sound more like a fretless. To me they are more mellow sounding than say, round wound Rotos. The flat wounds Have a very smooth low end. If you play lead bass you probably want round wound strings. If you are a lead singer just filling in the bottom or want less finger noise when recording, flate are a good choice. Btw, I hate flares for guitar.
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you've got it right about flats; I had them on that P for a year and change before I went back to rounds a few months ago. That was definitely the sound it had then. Now that I have a Ric (which I use stainless steels with) I'm thinking of giving the P a little bit more of that smoothness with the half-rounds... trying to keep it as versatile as possible. I find the P has more tonal options when used with rounds; roll the tone knob off, and it gets pretty close to flatwound territory. Like Uome, thinking maybe it would somehow work out to be a best-of-both-worlds kinda scenario
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